Robert Barton isn’t afraid to let a new product stand in the way of his success. The Connecticut-based franchisee was one of the first to the better-burger category, having opened four Five Guys units between 2005 and 2010. When he and his business partner sold in 2010, they had three of the top 15 Five Guys units.
Barton had seen other better-burger concepts popping up in his surrounding area, and, ready for a fresh start, left the category. He joined the Noodles & Company team and decided to set up shop in Hartford, a new market for that brand.